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    06-01-2012, 11:50 AM
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Yearling
Need simple instruction for a rescue horse!

My BO just took in a rescue horse today. I did read the post on caring for an emaciated horse. The horse is a 1 or 2. Will post pics soon. We know nothing of her history. The horse, Gracie, was seen in an Amish field and a lady picked her up and brought here. After the Amish guy sold her the horse for $250! This horse is nothing but skin and bones. Can someone give us step by step instruction on how to feed? We have lots of pasture, stall, hay and water and sweet feet. Is there anything else we need to purchase? How do we start off and when do increase what? Don't want her to colic or get laminitus. We need help so this poor horse can live. She has a very sweet disposition so that is a bonus.

Any help would be of great assistance. I'm a new owner so please be specific, no lingo that I may not know, etc. Thanks a bunch!
     
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    06-01-2012, 12:11 PM
  #2
Green Broke
First - ditch the sweet feed. Second - all other advice will be based on her being vetted first.....
     
    06-01-2012, 12:15 PM
  #3
Showing
First, the mare needs to be seen by a vet and farrier, in that order.

You'll want to know her approximate age and condition of her teeth. Some of her weight issues may have to do with her teeth either having sharp hooks, or if she's aged, she just might not have enough grinding surface left to process properly what she's eating.

All the food in the world won't do her any good if her teeth aren't in proper working order. Listen to what the vet recommends concerning feeding her. I don't use sweet feed, because I think it's pretty worthless as a food source.

Once you've figured out her age and teeth, have a farrier look at her feet. If you're concerned about her weight, chances are her feet aren't in the best of shape, either.

Good luck. Hope all she needs is good food, and doesn't have something wrong physically or metabolically.
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    06-01-2012, 12:16 PM
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Foal
I have taken in 2 horses from a horrible home and here is then when they got to us

Katie


Elmo


*we followed the same diet for both of these horses*

First thing that you need to do is get the vet out ASAP to asses the horse. When we called my vet she was not able to get out there right away so she told us to start out just giving them hay.

After the vet came out and floated her teeth this is the diet that she put her on..

I had this all mixed up in a big Rubbermaid tub and we started out with this feed twice a day (i was not able to get out there and do 3 feedings so we had to make do)
At first it was just 1/2 scoop for the first week
Then we just slowly upped it to where they where getting 2 scoops 2x a day
All the feed was soaked with warm water to make it easier for them to chew.

Purina Senior feed
Alfalfa pellets
Hay pellets
1 cup rice bran on top

This is what the horses looked like after a few months of following the feeding plan.

Katie - Sadly she was diagnosed with cancer and we lost her in Jan 2010




Elmo - we lost Elmo due to old age and other health issues in Feb 2012
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    06-01-2012, 12:25 PM
  #5
Yearling
We have the vet and farrier coming out next week. That's the soonest they can come. In the meantime, we don't want to kill her giving her the wrong feed.

Leapoffaithfarm-thanks for the recipe. Please address pasture time for her eating grass if you can. I'll relay the recipe to the BO. She and I both will be working on getting Gracie to good health.
     
    06-01-2012, 12:27 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by SpiritLifter    
We have the vet and farrier coming out next week. That's the soonest they can come. In the meantime, we don't want to kill her giving her the wrong feed.

Leapoffaithfarm-thanks for the recipe. Please address pasture time for her eating grass if you can. I'll relay the recipe to the BO. She and I both will be working on getting Gracie to good health.
My guys have always been on 24/7 pasture and the vet saw no reason to restrict that.. they came to us in the very early spring before the grass had really started growing in anyway.
     
    06-01-2012, 12:54 PM
  #7
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    

You'll want to know her approximate age and condition of her teeth. Some of her weight issues may have to do with her teeth either having sharp hooks, or if she's aged, she just might not have enough grinding surface left to process properly what she's eating.

All the food in the world won't do her any good if her teeth aren't in proper working order.

Probably needs to be wormed too. Depending how bad she is, the vet will recommend what to use to not harm her.
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    06-01-2012, 01:10 PM
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Green Broke
I wouldn't feed her yet. I'd put her in front of grass hay with clean water. After the vet comes will begin the slow process to teaching her body what food is.
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    06-01-2012, 01:37 PM
  #9
Super Moderator
Please look up 're-feeding syndrome' before doing anything. Hopefully this link works - I'm posting from my phone:
REFEEDING SYNDROME

Whatever you do, DO NOT allow her access to a lot of any kind of food. If she's really a 1 or 2, her body will have 'forgotten' how to process nutrients correctly so she needs many small meals to encourage her body to 'remember' how to digest food.
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    06-01-2012, 02:17 PM
  #10
Yearling
Wallaby: I have read the re-feeding syndrome. The lady that brought her here (I should have stated) after having her a month. That is a valid concern so thank you. I was always told that the horse could not have a lot of pasture early on.???
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